Tasmanian advocates brand proposed conversion ban “useless”


Tasmanian LGBTIQA+ advocates have slammed the state government’s proposed bill to ban conversion practices, saying it will allow the harmful practices to continue. The proposed legislation, which was promised by Jeremy Rockliff’s Liberal government in June, would criminalise an “attempt to change or eradicate the sexual orientation or gender identity” of a person, but Equality Australia is concerned there are too many loopholes in the draft bill. Equality Tasmania’s Rodney Croome says the bill doesn’t go far enough and doesn’t meet the standards recommended by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) in May last year. The TLRI report recommended law reform should provide a clearer and more binding legal framework for existing professional health guidelines to reflect best health practices, stop unregistered and unqualified people from purporting to assess, diagnose or treat other’s sexual orientation or gender identity as a fault and limit the harm caused by misinformation.

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